tongatim (30) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Quite simply, the best beer I have ever tasted. I am not blessed with the ability to discern subtleties noted by others such as "very wet wood", or appearance of "fig juice" in the glass. What I appreciate, when wandering outside of a specific style, is complexity, balance and uniqueness---and this had it all. Deep fruity, alcoholic aroma. Deep rich complex tastes which took me through moments of sour Belgian to oaked red, to tawny port to well-aged whiskey, with a lingering complex pleasant aftertaste. A thick lasting head wouldnít have made sense here, but somehow generous carbonation did. Sweet-sour balance. Sweet-bitter balance.
Have never paid anywhere close to $12 for a 12 oz. bottle like I did for this. Vowed never to do it again. But I did. Twice more. And counting. The best thing about the price is that there are still 3 bottles left in my favorite bottle shop. Sorry, got to run before they close.
Dr_Fellini (898) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a medium brown deep amber color. Aroma is toasted malts, molasses, caramel, dark fruits. Flavor is thick, syrupy, oak, very complex. Interesting beer.
JK (5028) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Almost no carbonation at all, virtually still. This is like an aged barleywine. Lots of cherry aroma. Oak, vanilla, and raisin. Sweet caramel and brown sugar. The bourbon is in there, which brings it down for me. Just a sherry barrel, that could have been something amazing. Nevertheless a great beer with complexity and good flavor.
pushkinwow (2272) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Lubiere. Dark copper with a thin reddish tinged tan head. Figs, honey, oak, boozy, burnt toffee, warming. High carbonation and moderate body, somewhat tart, light vanilla, enjoyable.
kermis (7125) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared. Pours cloudy amber brown with a ring beige head. Aroma is very Hair of the dog upfront, big overripe dark fruit notes, oak, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, butterscotch and raisins. Flavour is heavy sweet. Light full bodied with very soft carbonation.
deanso (6722) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle courtesy of and shared with Podjebier.
Almost no head. Hazy dark amber pour. Lots of barrel notes. Very good
kevinator (1432) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Man, this was bold. Strong aroma of wood, sweet malt and whiskey. Nice dark brown bread color with minimal head. Full and smooth palate with a sharpness at the finish. Very complex flavors of dark malts, biscuit, oak, molasses and a blend of whiskey.
Koskela (409) - Marysville, California, USA - MAY 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Straight malt sweetness then biscuit then bitter hoppiness aromas come from this hazy brown viscous brew with a small beige head. The taste is malty and bitter back and fourth till the swill is. Then a tartness and oakieness come out then back to bitter with this one. It's full bodied and packs a punch.
ads135 (3563) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 25, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I hesitate to rate this beer because I think I waited far too long to drink it. If you still have this beer in your cabinet, drink it now (or donít). It does not age well. Iím sure it was fantastic when it came out, but becomes sickeningly sweet and correspondingly cardboardy.
Braudog (6024) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, labeled "best after 4/30/13" ... Yet another antique off the Total Wine floor, and at $10 for a 12 oz bottle, an iffy purchase to begin with. This is beer, not jewelry. This pours muddy and murky, and with its apparent age, the lack of any body is to be expected. So is the lacquer character, the alcohol burn and the ultimate sting. I get cherry, bourbon, oak, and a sweet sugary swirl. For those that enjoy the phenomenon of aged beers, this might be a good choice. (#5963, 4/19/2015)
Reconqvista (339) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark hazy amber colored beer with a beige frothy head. Aroma includes pretty fruity and caramelized. Flavor is sweet, with alcohol included. Bitter long end and oily body with low carbonation.